Is this an exciting new era in commentary beginning?

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    Anyone who left the television on Channel 7 after the Federer Vs Hewitt will have experienced a breath of fresh air in the form of Henri Leconte’s commentary during the Tsonga Vs Almagro match.

    In my opinion, and I’m writing this blog to see who agrees and who disagrees, he was magnificent. His commentary came from the heart, with extreme passion for the game.

    He didn’t hide his bias for his fellow country-man Jo-Wilfred, but at the same time, at no point was he disrespectful towards Nicolas Almagro.

    At times I couldn’t understand what Henri was saying, but it didn’t matter.

    To be honest, I was starting to doze off in front of the television, but the excitement and passion in Henri’s voice, along with some ripping ground strokes from Almagro had me glued to the television.

    I hope we look back on this game and herald Henri a hero, a pioneer for changing the rules that seem to govern commentator behavior.

    I hope the reigns are loosened on commentators and they can start to show more passion. Some commentators have started doing this already, but not with as much passion.

    Andrew Gaze in the b-ball, Warne on the cricket, Healy, Taylor, Slater have all been good, too. Andrew Johns in the rugby league, I think, has far more to offer. Rod Kafer is great in the union and has more to offer.

    If this is a new era, who could be facing a redundancy next week?

    Fred Stolle comes to mind, Sandy Roberts, Jack Newton, Gordon Bray, Andrew Voss, John Alexander, Bruce McAveney, Tony Greig, Mark Nicholas.

    In my mind, these people need to spark it up a bit. Or move on.

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    • January 27th 2010 @ 8:09am
      Steve said | January 27th 2010 @ 8:09am | ! Report

      Agreed, saw his commentating the doubles last night and it was one of the funniest things i have ever heard good to see someone deliver a humorous commentary and know what they are talking about

    • January 27th 2010 @ 8:22am
      Jay said | January 27th 2010 @ 8:22am | ! Report

      The commentator was UNBELIEVABLE (not)!

      seriously, the guy was a goof, and needs to find more words than unbelievable to describe a shot. Granted english is his second language, but Hashar Bogle from India is one of my favourite commentators and one of the most engaging commentators from any sport. Also, his emoitions and screaming was a little unprofessional.

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      January 27th 2010 @ 9:47am
      Benjamin Conkey said | January 27th 2010 @ 9:47am | ! Report

      Jay I’m glad you mentioned Harshar Bogle. He is the Richie Benaud of Indian commentary…always insightful with some humour thrown in.
      I listened to the entire 2004 India-Australia series on ABC and one of my favourite bits of commentary was when the statistician “Mr Subramaniam” kept predicting what was going to happen. Does anyone remember it?

      I think it was the first test…and there was a big 2nd wicket partnership..with a flat pitch..no wickets in sight. And he said a wicket will fall this over. Sure enough it did.
      Then an over later he said Damien Martyn would get out…and he did. Jim Maxwell screamed “Mr Subramaniam you are a genius!” Brilliant stuff.

    • January 27th 2010 @ 11:16am
      BennO said | January 27th 2010 @ 11:16am | ! Report

      I really enjoyed Leconte’s commentary. I loved his enthusiasm for the match, especially after the measured hushed tones of Jim Courier. Putting them together would be interesting I reckon. Courier is very insightful and add Leconte’s flair, it might work well.

    • January 27th 2010 @ 5:48pm
      Chris K said | January 27th 2010 @ 5:48pm | ! Report

      I always associate Bruce McAveney and Sandy Roberts and Johanna Grigg with mediocre and drab sports coverage. I woudn’t miss those three ever. I couldn’t care less how much Bruce and Sandy know about their sports I’d rather listen to the opinions of a drunken one eyed sports fan.

    • January 27th 2010 @ 8:42pm
      MV Dave said | January 27th 2010 @ 8:42pm | ! Report

      An article in the SMH online on Monday said that the Tennis coverage was 26-29% down on the viewing figures from last year. From the little l have watched no wonder…the ads and the commentary are massive turn offs. Any new style of commentary (without the ads) has to be a good thing.

      • January 28th 2010 @ 12:11am
        ohtani's jacket said | January 28th 2010 @ 12:11am | ! Report

        Folks are missing out on a much better tournament than last year.

        I can’t quite get my head around the anti-siphoning laws in Australia. Why can’t they have select coverage on free-to-air and full coverage on pay television?

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